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Funeral of truck driver who died in Italy to take place

Paul Stanyard was found dead in his cab in Italy

The funeral of a truck driver from Wakefield who died of a heart attack while at work in Italy will take place near Barnsley today.

A convoy of trucks will follow the cortege of Paul Stanyard, 59, before a service at Christ Church in Ardsley.

More than £25,000 was raised to bring his body home after his employer said their insurance didn't cover the cost of repatriating him.

Earlier this week, however, Matthews International Transport apologised and said it would make a donation to charity.

Westway in Barnsley set to reopen after fire

The A628 Westway in Barnsley will reopen tomorrow (Friday) morning after contractors reported good progress to demolish the fire-damaged Chicago Rock building in the town centre.

Highways officers say they expect Westway will open by 9am, and road users will have full access in both directions.

A security cordon placed around the site since the fire will remain in place until further notice to minimise any risk of harm to the public.

The road closures affecting Wellington Street and New Street remain in force.

Tykes complete loan capture of Celtic winger Saidy Janko

Barnsley have completed the loan signing of Celtic winger Saidy Janko.

The Switzerland Under 21 international right winger, who can also play at right back, will remain at Oakwell until the end of the 2016/17 season.

The 20-year-old has featured for Celtic in the Champions League and Europa League.

Road closures to remain in place as demolition of historic Barnsley building begins

Demolition work has begun on a historic building in Barnsley which was gutted by fire just under two weeks ago.

The former Co-op building which was more recently the Chicago Rock nightclub was being monitored over the bank holiday weekend amid fears it may collapse.

Work is now underway to demolish it and means that the road closures affecting Wellington Street, New Street and Westway will remain in place for up to two weeks.

The area has been cordoned off and Barnsley Council says that responsibility for the safe demolition of the building, providing a safety cordon around the site during and after the work, together with related traffic management issues, rests with the building owner.


Barnsley defender Alfie Mawson set for Swansea talks

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Swansea City have agreed an undisclosed fee with Barnsley for centre-back Alfie Mawson.

The move is subject to the 22-year-old agreeing personal terms at the Liberty.

Mawson, who joined the Tykes from Brentford in June 2015, scored seven goals last season as he helped the Tykes win the League One play-offs and lift the Football League trophy.

This season, Mawson has scored twice in four Championship appearances for Paul Heckingbottom’s side.

Site of former Co-op building gutted by fire set to be inspected

Inspectors are set to survey the former Co-op building in Barnsley town centre, which was gutted by fire last week, before giving any approval for its demolition.

Traders say they have lost thousands of pounds in takings since the blaze one week ago.

For the past week key roads have been sealed off because structural engineers say the Grade II listed Victorian building is unsafe.

Westway dual carriageway is expected to remain closed ahead of Barnsley's game against Rotherham on Saturday.

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